State agencies have deposited 6,500
tadpoles into Bastrop State
Park after the 2011 wildfire decimated the park's Houston toad population.

Texas State University's
Michael Forstner, PhD,
says that fire and the drought
sent populations plummeting.

"The benefit increases
the population by doing
something we call
'headstarting'; it's like
what we do with stocking fish
in trout streams," says Forstner.

Frogs and toads are an
important part of the
circle of nature: they
eat bugs.

He says frogs depend not
only on ponds but
the land around it ...
asking land owners
to be good stewards of both.

"Generally amphibians
on the planet are in decline,
but in Texas we haven't
seen that like we have in
the last three years."